BSB race 1
The grid lined up as follows for race one of three:
1 67 Shane BYRNE GBR Ducati – Be Wiser Ducati
2 46 Tommy BRIDEWELL GBR Suzuki – Bennetts Suzuki
3 91 Leon HASLAM GBR Kawasaki – JG Speedfit Kawasaki
4 22 Jason O’HALLORAN AUS Honda – Honda Racing
5 12 Luke MOSSEY GBR Kawasaki – Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki
6 77 James ELLISON GBR Kawasaki – JG Speedfit Kawasaki
7 60 Peter HICKMAN GBR Kawasaki – JG Speedfit Kawasaki
8 47 Richard COOPER GBR BMW – Buildbase BMW Motorrad
9 21 John HOPKINS USA Yamaha – ePayMe Yamaha
10 4 Dan LINFOOT GBR Honda – Honda Racing
Byrne got a great start from pole with Leon Haslam and James Ellison coming through behind him Tommy Bridwell dropped to 4th but was still with the front 3. Ellison took the lead further into the lap as he looked to secure top points and secure his showdow place. Luke Mossey made a bright start sitting in 5th place and closing down the front 4 Michael Laverty got himself up to 7th on lap 2 as the tyco man looked to try and recover from a terrible qualifying.
On lap 2 the front 5 had broken away from the rest of the field being lead by Ellison his team mate Hickman was running 6th ahead of Laverty and Cooper but they werent lose to the battle for the podium places. At the front Haslam and Byrne were swapping fastest laps edging closer each time to the circuit record. Dan Linfoot and Chrisitian Iddon were not doing their Showdown chances any favours running in 11th and 12th place respectivley.
Tommy Bridewell ended the slim chance he had at the showdown by crashing out of 4th place on lap 5 his crash caused a gap to form between the front 3 of Ellison,Byrne and Haslam with Mossey in a lonely 4th place. Hickman had broken away from his group and was running in 5th place as he hunted down solid points to move his way into the showdown.
Iddon all but ended his title hunt for this season crashing his TYCO BMW on lap 7 he seemed to be struggling with pace in the dry conditions leaving Laverty as the sole TYCO BMW able to gain a place in the showdown. At the front of the race Haslam made his way past Byrne as he tried to close the gap at the top of the podium credits table. Linfoot started to make forward progression moving past his team mate into 6th place in the race ahad of Laverty who was running in 9th place and didnt look to have the competitive race pace. Haslam made a pass for 1st on lap 10 as the two Kawaskis looked to have a bit of extra pace over the Ducati of Byrne at this stage of the race.
The third JG speedfit Kawasaki of Hickman was closing down Mossey in 4th place as he seemed to have found the same confidence in the Kawasaki as his team mates running at the front on lap 13 he passed Mossey. Behind them the Hondas had swapped positions again with O’Halloran taking 6th place from Linfoot and Both them were closing in on the battle for 4th. On lap 14 the Hondas were right on the back wheel of Mossey who had dropped of the back of Hickman,Richard Cooper was also right on the back of that group unfortunately for the TYCO team Laverty had dropped right off the back of Cooper and was riding a lonely race in 9th place not the result the Northern Irish man needed to finish in the top 6.
Shane Byrne ran on on lap 15 dropping down to 9th place that mistake left all three JG Speedfit bikes on the podium but Hikcman was coming under pressure from O’Halloran from behind, The real Benifecery of Byrnes mistake will be Haslam who would substancily close the gap in the podium table.With only 1 lap left Haslam had opened up a decent sized gap back to Ellison with Hickman holding 3rd place but only just ahead of O’Halloran,Linfoot who started the race quite badly had recovered to 5th place scoring good points to maintain his showdown place.
On the final lap the real battle was between Hickman and O’Halloran for the final podium places with O’Halloran putting real pressure on the Kawasaki man but Hickman was holding on strongly. Haslam took the race win ahead of his team mate Ellison and his other team mate Hickman in 3rd the first time in BSB a full team has dominated the podium.O’Halloran finished in 4th place with his team mate Linfoot finishing 5th ahead of Cooper and Laverty with Byrne finishing just behind him.
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, race one result:
- Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)
- James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +4.536s
- Peter Hickman (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +7.761s
- Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +8.016s
- Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +9.902s
- Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW) +10.261s
- Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki) +13.711s
- Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +16.299s
- Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +16.380s
- Lee Jackson (Buildbase BMW) +19.318s
Race 2 :
1. Leon Haslam JG Speefit Kawasaki
2. Tommy Bridewell Halsall Racing Suzuki
3. Luke Mossey Quattro Plant Kawasaki
4. Shane Byrne PBM Be Wiser Ducati
5. James Ellison JG Speedfit Kawasaki
6. Dan Linfoot Honda BSB
7. John Hopkins Epay me Yamaha
8. Christian Iddon Tyco BMW
9. Jason O’Halloran Honda BSB
10 Peter Hickman JG Speedfit Kawasaki
Haslam got away from the line well leading into turn one from Ellison, Linfoot made an amazing start and got his way up to 3rd ahead of Bridewell and Mossey. Shane Byrne didnt get off the lne well but managed to tag onto the back of the leading group. Futher into the lap Ellison and Linfoot both passed Haslam with Ellison leading over the line. John Hopkins was having a good start to the race running 7th just behind Byrne.
Hopkins passed Byrne on lap 3 and both of them were being caught by Peter Hickman who was showing much more pace than the man he was fighting for the final showdown place who was Michael Laverty who was running 11th at this stage of the race. After his crash yesterday Chritisan Iddon was out of the showdown hunt he was running in 20th place by lap 4 and not showing any of the early season pace he had.
Luke Mossey running 4th was the real threat Laverty’s showdown place at this stage of the race at the start of the race he was only 11 ahead of Hickman and 13 ahead of Mossey. Shane Byrne was not having a great weekend crashing out on lap 5 luckily for him he had qualified for the showdown but his podium credit lead would take another hit with Haslam running in 3rd place. At the head of the race there was the lead group of three Ellison leading the way from Linfoot and Haslam Mossey was just a bit back of them in 4th place showing the kind of pace needed to get him into the showdown. Laverty was continuing to fight with Richard Cooper over 11th place unfortunately for the TYCO man Mossey and Hickman were up the front scoring solid points.On the 8th lap Haslam was starting to up his pace as his harder tyre started to come into its own while the softer ones of Ellison and Linfoot hit their limit Mossey also was coming on as he to was running a harder tyre. Hickman meanwhile was coming under pressure from Jason O’Halloran and Lee Jackson, His rival for the showdown place Mossey missed his braking point and dropped down the field to 6th place behind Hopkins that mistake also helped the sturggling Laverty.
Cooper ran off track on lap 10 dropping down the field and all but ending his slim chance of the showdown meanwhile at the front of the race Haslam made a move on Linfoot to go second just behind his team mate. Behind the front three Hopkins and Mossey had closed right onto the back wheel of Bridewell in 4th place,Hickman had unfortunately dropped behind Lee Jackson as it looked like he didnt quite have the same pace he showed yesterday.Mossey again made a mistake and ran on trying to pass Hopkins into 4th the move dropped Mossey to 7th with all the work to regroup to do again, Haslam made a move on Ellison to take the lead on lap 14 at the same time both Jackson and Hopkins crashed in totally seperate incidents. O’Halloran was having another solid race running in 4th place after quite a bad start to the race, Laverty had moved up to 8th place as he looked to limit the damage with Mossey now only running 5th.
The two Kawasakis in first and second had broken away from Linfoot in third but this result looked to be enough to secure his place in the showdown,Laverty had moved his way up to 7th and was showing a bit of fight that had been missing the last few weeks his team mate Iddon had regrouped and moved his way up to 12th place.
Heading onto the last lap Haslam was leading the way from Ellison and Linfoot with O’Halloran 4th. Laverty crashed out of the race on the last lap opening up the way fro Mossey to take his place in the showdown. Haslam won the race a truly commanding performance from the former WSBK man beating out his team mate Ellison who all but secured his place in the showdown with another podium place Linfoot came home third and similary secured his place in the final six, Laverty remained in the sixth place but onl by two points ahead of Mossey the TYCO mans spot in real doubt now .
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, race two result:
- Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)
- James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.412s
- Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +2.906s
- Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +5.364s
- Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki) +9.941s
- Tommy Bridewell (Bennetts Suzuki) +10.562s
- Peter Hickman (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +13.766s
- Jake Dixon (Briggs Equipment BMW) +13.908s
- Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +14.109s
- Ryuichi Kiyonari (Smiths Racing BMW) +14.431s
Grid for Race 3:
1.Jason O’Halloran Honda BSB
2.Leon Haslam JG Speedfit Kawasaki
3. Luke Mossey Quattro Plant Kawasaki
4.Tommy Bridewell Halsall Suzuki
5.James Ellison JG Speefit Kawasaki
6.Dan Linfoot Honda BSB
7.John Hopkins Epayme Yamaha
8.Lee Jackson Buildbase BMW
9.Jake Dixon RAF Reserves BMW
10.Shane Byrne PBM Be Wiser Ducati
O’Halloran got away from the line well ahead of Haslam and Ellison, Mossey did start well but was tentative into turn one. Hickman made a great start up to 11th of the line Glenn Iriwn got a ride through penalty for a jump start, Laverty had made his way up to 12th place still to far back to stop Mossey taking the showdown spot, Byrne’s back weekend continued as the Ducati man sat in 15th.
Lap 3 and Ellison continued to lead the way ahead of O’Halloran with Haslam and Mossey just behind, Bridewell was also just off the back of that group with Linfot well behind but doing enough to secure his showdown place. Laverty was continuing to make forward progression getting up to 9th place and looking a bit faster than he had all weekend.Dixon had a big off on lap 4 the young english man seemed to have a bike issue. At the front Ellison had to retire from the race with a bike issue retiring from second place leaving O’Halloran at the front ahead of Haslam and Mossey, The safety car came out after Dixon’s crash closing the field right up just before that Iddon had set the fasest lap. Laverty had moved his way up to 8th before the safety car came out and was right up behind the group in front the TYCO man looking like he was up for the fight. The safety car came in on lap 9 Haslam took the lead straight way but was repassed by O’Halloran Mossey remained 3rd.
Haslam took the lead on lap 10 and made it stick this time the group behind had all closed up behind the leaders which was good news for Laverty who had moved up to 7th place just behind his team mate. Linfoot crashed out on lap 11 which put his showdown place in jepordy if the results were to go against him meanwhile the tyco team were telling Iddon to let Laverty through.On lap 12 the front 3 of Haslam,O’Halloran and Mossey had broken away from Bridewell in 4th and Laverty in 5th as the TYCO man was pushing hard to maintain the showdown place. O’Halloran repassed Haslam for the lead of the race as the Honda man looked to secure more podium points for the showdown unfortunately the Honda man had a bike issue in the final corner on lap 13 and fell down the order.
O’Halloran’s issue allowed Haslam to take the lead with Mossey in 2nd Bridewell now in 3rd was having a quiet race but he was being caught by Laverty and Cooper as both men tried their hardest to get to the showdown. Cooper passed Laverty to go 4th but Laverty came back underneath him into the final corner time was running out for him to gain enough points to make the showdown.At the front Haslam had broken away from Mossey who was dropping into the clutches of Bridewell in third place Laverty remained fourth but did not seem to have an answer for the 3 guys ahead of him and unfortunately for him he had a hard charging Byrne coming up fast behind him.
Going onto the final lap it was Haslam out front by himself with Mossey in a secure 2nd and Bridewell well in 3rd,Behind them Laverty was struggling to hold off the hard charging Byrne as his showdown chance dwindled. Haslam took the win to take 2 out 3 this weekend Mosey took 2nd qualifying for the showdown and Bridewell took 3rd place Laverty managed to hold on for 4th but didnt do quite enough to make the showdown a big dent to the TYCO teams season, The win gives Haslam the lead in the podium credits table after a disappointing weekend for Byrne on that front.
1.Leon Haslam JG Speedit Kawasaki
2.Luke Mossey Quattro Plant Kawasaki +1.336
3.Tommy Bridewell Halsall Suzuki +2.654
4.Michael Laverty Tyco BMW +4.594
5.Shane Byrne PBM Be Wiser Ducati +4.657
6.Richard Cooper Buildbase BMW +5.423
7.Peter Hickman JG Speedfit Kawasaki +8.784
8.Lee Jackson Buildbase BMW +8.880
9.Christian Iddon Tyco BMW +9.591
10.Broc Parkes Epayme Yamaha +9.591
So the showdown contenders have been decided and they are:
2. Shane Byrne